Created in the traditional style of Mithila, this delightful Madhubani painting celebrates the union of an elephant couple. The painting depicts the pachyderms with beautiful details, while the rest of the composition is filled with flowers. The artist names the painting Hathi Milan, which means "Elephant Union" in Hindi. Â As each painting is an individual creation, each is unique. Gray is the dominant colour of this painting.Â
Madhubani, which by one account means Forest of Honey, (â€˜Madhuâ€™-honey, â€˜Banâ€™-forest or woods) is a region in Mithila region of Nepal and the northern part (Madhubani district)Â of Bihar.Â The Madhubani paintings is an ancient style of painting that originates 2500 years ago. Legend has it that The King of Mithila ( a region now in modern Nepal and with its capital Janakpur) had first commissioned rural artists to paint the palace walls. The occasion was his daughterâ€™s wedding. The name of his daughter was Sita and the bride groom was Lord Rama.
Following the age old methods of painting, artist, till date, mixes cow-dung and rock-salt glue to the paints. While cow dung is used for the shine it imparts to the colored patches, glue helps the paint to bind well with the special handmade paper used for these paintings.